Golf Course Overview
Located on the grounds of Fortune Bay Resort & Casino, The Wilderness golf course is part of Minnesota's premier vacation destination. Set in the landscape surrounding Lake Vermilion, the 18-hole golf course is not only the newest, most inspired golf course in the Midwest, but also offers some of the most scenic views of any Midwest course. Be careful not to be too engrossed in the plush scenery, however, because The Wilderness can dish up some very challenging play.
Opened to the public in 2004, The Wilderness was designed by noted architect Jeffrey D. Brauer, whose course designs have received high praise and awards from Golf Digest and the GCSAA, among others. Set in the beautiful and scenic Iron Trail region, several of the holes on The Wilderness abound with wildlife, such as hole #3, The Walleye, which is adjacent to wetlands. Many of the holes also offer fabulous views of Lake Vermilion, such as hole #5, The Ruffed Grouse, which sits atop the highest point on the course.
Spread out under a seemingly endless sky, the course measures 7,207 yards from the back tees and 5,324 yards from the front tees. The perfect venue for golf outings and special events, par for the course is 72 with four sets of tees available to meet the skill level of every caliber of player. The USGA slope is 144 and the USGA rating is 75.3 for the back tees, while the front tees have a slope of 127 and a rating of 71.9.
The 6,100 sq. ft. clubhouse was designed by Bradley Forbroock and features stylish architecture with elegant interior design, including a magnificent, indoor spiraling fountain. One glance at the entryway to this clubhouse confirms the quality and charm found throughout. At The Wilderness Grill, guests can partake in the finest dining of the Lake Vermilion area in a comfortable ambiance as well as enjoy a gorgeous view of the course from a spacious outdoor patio. The Wilderness Pro Shop carries the latest in golf fashion and design and every golf cart has GPS to ensure efficient pace and play.
The Wilderness at Fortune Bay is the perfect retreat for golfers seeking the peace and serenity of the great outdoors. In addition, The Wilderness provides an ideal setting for wedding receptions, bridal showers, business lunches, or any special event.